Archive: January, 2006
R. J. Eskow, an ex-CBGBs lurker, riffs on this idea at the Huffington Post, noting "Mainstream journalists certainly look at them the same way lounge singers once looked at bloodstained guitar-smashers in bondage gear. That's a good start. And it's definitely a DIY world, with its own loopy Darwinist principles but no rules for entry. It's not about credentials."
In fairness, he notes that not all blogs have that punk ethos. For every Johnny Rotten there's an Emerson Lake and Palmer.
Got a snarky email the other day, complaining about my Kickback Mountain post. It was your basic "this is your job? " jab.
So I wrote back to her, stupid me, only the email bounced. She'd made up the address. And there was no way to get even.
I wasn't paying attention.
A is for Samuel A. Alito Jr., from the Washington Post profile and resource guide.
B is for brevity. Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wisc. went against the grain Monday afternoon, leaving three minutes on the table when he said all that he needed to. B is also for Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del. Biden's hair, in particular. And not just Biden's. "Dad, I've counted seven comb-overs," my son said.
C is for The Committee for Justice, which posts conservative talking points for those who favor the constitutionalist point of view.
Here's what the bloggers said:
Jeff Jarvis at Buzzmachine tuned in early. Caught the initial glitches. Heard George "Capt. Sulu" Takei's tale of losing his virginity at Boy Scout camp. Heard that David Lee Roth refused to take Howard's call. And caught a discussion of swearing and sat radio. Jarvis mused:
National Geographic called us, what? America's Next Great City. The New York Times called us the Big Apple's Sixth Borough. Now, comes Forbes magazine: we're not even in the Top 10. Philadelphia places 12th in its list of best cities for singles.
The city scores high for nightlife - 5 - and culture - 5 - but in the less quantifiable category of coolness we're down to 24. The killer category is job growth - 38. In all, the city jumped up a couple spots from last year's 15.
The best pull-out quote about Philly that they could find is "There's a bar or a club every five blocks in this city."
They've even got Jack Nicholson's attention.
A column by Hollywood veteran Army Archerd - he's calling himself "Hollywood's Original Blogger" online these days - reports that the actor has checked out some of the Tourism department's nine part series of promotional shorts that tell the story of Pennsylvania's bellwether rodent as if it was a character in The Shining.
Hard to resist The Daily Sally's "brushes with greatness" series - those well-told slices-of-a-former life where the recovering broadcast journalist found herself at the beach listening to the freewheeling Bob Dylan (he was a guest at the cottage next door), partying with pre-Watergate Carl Bernstein or working with the stylish and aloof Peter Jennings.
Sally Swift's tales take a bizarro turn with her latest:
Fourteen St. Joe's students and staffers traveled to The Big Easy to help the city rebuild from Hurricane Katrina. They worked the first week of the year with the Maryknoll Mission. The Hawks in New Orleans is their blog.
"When we arrived at Glen's house, an upside down car welcomed up and presented us with what seemed to be a daunting task, to empty out an entire woman's 45 year life at her house," began one of the more evocative posts, this one by Christopher Romano. They broke down plaster walls, got covered in dust and dirt and sweat. And learned that four months after the storm, there remains much to do.
A wrap up post, by Megan Halferty, is titled "Recovery is a marathon, not a sprint:"